Gracious in defeat, Japan leave Russia World Cup with pride

Romelu Lukaku

Amidst the social media mayhem surrounding the World Cup fixture, Liverpool Tweeted something very, very odd regarding Belgium's result.

Japan jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but it wasn't enough, as they conceded three consecutive goals - with the decisive third goal occurring in the final seconds of the match. In Belgium vs Japan match, the former appears to be the clear favourite.

Japan is totally different to Wales [who knocked Belgium out of Euro 2016], and we'll take this as seriously as possible.

"I feel angry not to go, we could have been there, but I want Belgium to be world champion for my friend Lukaku", Sanchez told Fox Sports.

Brazil's midfield will be without a key component for their World Cup quarterfinal clash against Belgium as Real Madrid's Casemiro picked up his second booking of the tournament.

Under previous manager Marc Wilmots, Belgium fell at the quarter-final stage at the 2014 World Cup and they have real hopes of surpassing that performance this time round.

Neymar's goal was Brazil's 227th World Cup strike, meaning they overtake Germany as the all-time top scorers. "Most of us are between 25-33, so we have the same level of maturity". The disappointment was obvious, with some of the players falling on their knees in despair after the final whistle, while others just cried. I have more experience, definitely.

"We are going to rest really well and going to really try to win that match".

A so-called "golden generation" of Belgian stars are running out of time to win a major title but Hazard said they have a chance to make their rich talents count in Russian Federation. "I am happy, because we have a lot of good young players, and now it is their turn to write the history of Japanese football".

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